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Producer/Videographer/Editor: Brandon Wickey
The Face of the Forest
Saving Kentucky's Hemlocks
In the pristine hemlock forests of Eastern Kentucky lurks a tiny but significant threat, the hemlock woolly adelgid. A network of Kentucky conservation and educational institutions is attempting to thwart the spread of this insect. Their goal is to save not only the hemlocks, but also the cool, moist forest ecosystems that depend on these tall, majestic conifers.
An advocacy group called Save Kentucky's Hemlocks says the woolly adelgid has killed 80 percent or more of the hemlocks in states where it has been found. According to University of Kentucky entomologists, the woolly adelgid was first reported in Eastern Kentucky in Harlan County in spring 2006. Since then it has been found as far west as urban areas in Grayson and Oldham counties, according to Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.
Come with us to East Bernstadt where we examine some trees for ourselves. On the underside of infected trees, you'll see a mass of white cotton-like balls. Tree death occurs within two to seven years of infestation.
All is not lost, however. Save Kentucky's Hemlocks is working to fight the infestation on state-owned land in Bell and Harlan counties, in the Daniel Boone National Forest, and on private land. And the organization's Web site tells how to identify the hemlock woolly adelgid and offers advice on how to stop it in its tracks.
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Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Downtown—Lexington's Southland Drive
Come with us for a taste of Americana as we explore the unique business corridor of Southland Drive in Lexington.
Along this road, which runs between Nicholasville Road and Rosemont Garden, you can find a business that will cater to almost any need you can imagine. The corridor features a doughnut shop, bowling alley, banks, restaurants, a funeral home, book stores and more.
The Southland Association, formed in 2004, maintains the area with projects like installing rain gardens and painting the railroad bridge that runs over the road. Summertime brings the Southland Jamboree, a series of bluegrass concerts held in partnership with Lexington Parks and Recreation. A farmers market also thrives in the neighborhood during the warm months.
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Producer: Valerie Trimble
The Spirit of Sacrifice
The History of the Doughboy Statue
In the center of Monticello’s downtown is a World War 1 memorial known as the Spirit of the American Doughboy. Sculpted by E.M. Viquesney, this statue is one of seven identical ones in Kentucky. (The others are in Grayson, Harlan, Jamestown, Liberty, Morehead, and Pikeville.) Harlan Ogle of the Wayne County Museum, who has written a book about the history of this memorial, shares the background of the sculpture from idea to dedication.
Viquesney created the statue to memorialize the World War I infantryman, known popularly at that time as a doughboy. The life-size figure is advancing with a rifle in one hand and a grenade in the other.
The Monticello statue includes a plaque with names of 10 soldiers killed in action, 13 who died in service, and 45 who were wounded in action. Ogle, a former columnist for the Wayne County Outlook for several years, says he wants to share the heroic stories of Wayne County's soldiers and bring to life the emotion that led up to the statue's dedication.
The local American Legion helped raise funds to get the Doughboy statue. It was dedicated on April 8, 1923. The honor of unveiling the statue went to Capt. John Tuttle, an 86-year old Civil War veteran.
Producer/Editor: Jessica Gibbs
Handcrafted children's toys
Shannon Duffy of Gilbertsville began her artistic career in metal work, but once she had children she began looking for a safer alternative to express herself. She turned to sewing, and today she has a line of felt children’s toys that allow them to use their imaginations.
Tote bags, made with heirloom quality woolfelt blend, open up to become small worlds in themselves. A tote that looks like a bird opens up to become a nest with eggs. Another tote opens to a disc shape, revealing a lake landscape with little houses and rocks. Yet another tote opens up to become a small rosy-cheeked doll.
You might guess that Shannon is inspired by nature. Her husband works for Kentucky Lake State Park in Marshall County, and their family lives on the park grounds. And the helicopter in her studio's name? That refers to the winged seeds of the maple tree.
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